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What A Crazy Party - The Best of the Decca Years
What A Crazy Party - The Best of the Decca Years
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £6.49

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The long lost Daddy of Rock n Roll, 27 Feb. 2011
I was extremely fortunate to see Bill Haley on his final tour of the UK in 1979. He wasn't at his best but he could still rock. This collection reveals Bill at the top of his game. There's nothing complicated about it - it's straightforward Rock n Roll as dance music. Nothing clever, nothing sophisticated. But probably the greatest fun you'll ever have listening to popular music. The recordings are superb, and the musicianship from the Comets is really clean and slick. With excellent sleeve notes from Stuart Colman, one can only hope that this brilliant - and fantastically good value - release will make at least a small contribution to restoring the legend of one of the pioneers of the genre. Lose yourself in the sheer, unadulterated pleasure of the the music. Bill Haley is the long lost Daddy of Rock n Roll.
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Blake's 7 - Series 1 [DVD] [1978]
Blake's 7 - Series 1 [DVD] [1978]
Dvd ~ Gareth Thomas
Price: £18.79

49 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Space Opera and High Camp!, 27 Feb. 2003
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This first series of Blake's 7 aired in 1978, in the wake of the renewed interest in science fiction generated by Star Wars. The series was created and scripted by Dalek-creator Terry Nation. And if you thought that, and its BBC budget meant the re-use of props and costumes from Doctor then... you'd be right!
Despite its modest production values, this particular series has much to commend it. The plot pays at least a homage to Huxley's Brave New World. The Terran Federation is an oppresive dictatorship, which filters drugs into the air of Earth's domed cities to supress any rebelious thoughts. An ex rebel leader, Blake, shakes off his re-imposed mind control when he meets up with his old chums. But can he trust them? When he is again re-captured, he is framed for a particularly nasty crime and shipped off on a space ship for exile on some barren rock.
On his travels Blake meets up with various mis-fits and villains - a thief, a swindler, a smuggler - and they all become great pals, banding together to fight the Federation.
Blake is well worth watching for stand out performances, particularly those of Jacqueline Pearce and the evil, feline Servalan, and Paul Darrow as the outrageoulsly over-the-top Avon.

Doctor Who Collector's Edition - Doctor Who And The Daleks / Daleks Invasion Earth - 2150 AD [DVD] [1965]
Doctor Who Collector's Edition - Doctor Who And The Daleks / Daleks Invasion Earth - 2150 AD [DVD] [1965]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lights, Daleks, Action!, 20 July 2002
For those used to seeing the Daleks on tiny black & white tv screens, these mid-60s big screen outings for the metallic monsters were sheer joy. The real stars are the Daleks themselves. Re-designed for the cinema, they are bigger than their tv cousins and somewhat more imposing. They also have louder, more echoey voices and their guns fire more convincingly.
The first film is a grim tale of a post-nuclear (neutronic in the film) society, in which the former warring factions live in fear and ignorance of each other. The Thals are beautiful, bold and pale skinned nomadic farmers who have adopted a pacifist philosophy in reaction to the war. The Daleks are genetic mutations, condemned to live in metallic shells in a vast, metallic city. The second film transports the action to London in the middle of the 22nd Century. Although somewhat less cerebral and philosophical than its predecessor, this one is a great adventure featuring a good deal of action and the possible destruction of the Earth!
Hammer regular Peter Cushing takes to the controls of the TARDIS in these two cinematic jaunts, portraying the classic mad scientist with an avuncular gleam in his eye. Cushing was known to have enjoyed the role but, sadly, subsequent attempts to bring him back as the Doctor came to nought.
Fantastic sci-fi fun!

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Price: £25.53

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceellent and moving studio album from the Man in Black, 21 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Unchained (Audio CD)
Johnny Cash re-established his musical credibility with the first of his albums for the independent American label Cash (American Recordings, 1994). In this 1996 follow-up, he builds on the stripped down, virtually solo approach, being joined by a superb set of backing musicians and vocalists (including Tom Petty, who seems to play most of the instruments). Cash himself is on fine form - his voice coarsened by age, experience and illness adds gravity and pathos to an excellent collection of country, gospel and rock songs. Of particular interest is Cash's rendition of Beck's Rowboat, but the standout performance is Spiritual, which the "Man in Black" seems to growl from the very depths of his soul. An album to listen to with the lights out.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Late Elvis - variable and melancholy, 21 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Today (Audio CD)
Released just two years before his tragic death, Elvis Today showcases the artist at his vocal best, but the song selection is at best variable and conveys an undertone of dark melancholy. The King attempts a rather limp return to rock 'n' roll, with the pulsing-piano underscored T-R-O-U-B-L-E, but the true feeling of the album comes out on the prophetic Pieces Of My Life and Tom Jones' Green Green Grass Of Home. Elvis is always worth listening to, but this one's probably more suited to the collector than the casual fan.

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